Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy and brown with hints of ruby. The beige head is about a half inch thick and leaves plenty of lacing in its wake. The aroma offers Belgian yeast, sweet malt, caramels, alcohol. Lots of yeast comes through. Sweet caramels soaked in alcohol. A present sweetness exists throughout. Distinctly Belgian, with dark fruits and light spices. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Alcoholic warmth is there, most notably in the finish. Overall, a tasty brew. I would have this again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep ruby brown very dark tone to it with a moccha colored head sitting on top, and there is basically no lace present on the edges of my glass. Aroma consists of a sharp sweetness with tingling hints of faint fruit notes all topped with the characteristic alcoholic nose of a Belgium dark strong ale. So far this beer is basically Tremens with some slightly burnt specialty malts, but the flavor just doesn't put it alltogether to me there is something lacking in this beer. Also the alcohol comes through in the flavor pretty strongly, a nice kick to the brew with the bite of alchol it delivers to the palate. Mouthfeel is medium with full heavy carbonation just a little too thin in body, but I would imagine in the bottle conditioning this beer would be fuller from the yeast. Drinkability well high abv is a strike against it, not overly complex, but this is not something I could drink regularly as a go to. It just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that has a lot floating around in it. Nose is just a clump of sugar. And I don't like it. Flavor is yeasty, bitter and funky. Sharp caramel edge on the backside. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and a typical liquid feel. Overall this is an okay beer. Two years ago I might have been more interested in this beer, but then again, maybe not. With so much other great stuff out there, I don't really see why I should bother with this one here.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Super creamy tan and yellow color head. THick and very uniformed thin bubbled with lots of staying power and billowing up off the pour. Body is a a dark mahogany brown, with just a gorgeous ruby red when held up to the light. Quite a bit of clarity in there too and a nice rising middle column of carbonation in center. Just a great looking beer.

Spicy notes of caramel, and sharp clove and nutmeg, with a hot toasty note. Not much sense of malt or even sucrose sensing sweetness either. Just fairly basic and solid. Some faint banana fruit coming in as it warms.

Taste in the palate comes out a little playfully carbonated, not too bad, there's a bit of overly gaseous quality on the finish but the flavors manage to come out. Good amount of fruit but subtle raisin. Big champagne like crispness for the body and a hint of mild sour yeast to match giving a very wine like taste and flavor.

Overall quite a classic and fun beer, haven't had one of these in ages, nice to revisit once again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. faux ceramic bottle:

Pours dark brown with a towering light tan head that slowly descends to a thick creamy cover. Plenty of trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of toffee/caramel with dark spiced fruit and a perfumy, yeasty backing.

The taste is of toffee/caramel with a hint of chocolate and licorice. Dark fruit and sharp spices balance out the sweetness. A bready, earthy, slightly grassy/herbal background gives it great depth and adds to complexity/uniqueness. The alcohol is well-hidden, with a late warming effect. There is a spicy sweetness in a semi-dry finish.

Medium-bodied, with an appropriate carbonation level for the style. The finish is a bit longer than the Delirium Tremens, as I recall (and this one is more complex and tasty, IMO), though a little longer last on the palate would have been welcomed. Still in all, it has a nice texture and smooth for abv.

This is an elegant brew. Complex and tasty. Dreamy...appropriately named - a wonderful nightcap. I think I see pink elephants...oh - I'm just looking at the bottle ;) As wonderful as it is the 11.2 oz bottle was enough to end the day with and to send me to a blissful state of sleep. Strongly recommended as a tasty nightcap!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely, though brief, white head, deep, dark violet color. A sweet bouquet greets you in the nose, full of spices and fruit. Which ones? The kind that moon men pick on Venus, that's what kind! Very vinous, with berries, cherries, melons, grapes, and more. A remarkable flavor profile. If a cantelope mated with a bing cherry, it might approximate this flavor. Highly hopped, marvelously carbonated, great malt spine on it. And full, full, full of flavor! Bold, confident, assertive, it knows what it is, and don't care what no one thinks. One of the best of the best, I unashamedly assert.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a small bottle, no freshness dating to be found. Pours a dark, rudy cloudy brown, topped by a frothy tan head with excellent retention. Leaves some lacing ,but not alot. Nose is of sweet musty spoiled fruit. Big flavors abound here, mostly dark candy sugar, raisins, figs, chocolate, farmy, musty stuff. Rich, flavorful and warming. A style that can take some getting used to, but this is a pleasant, drinkable, if not spectacular take.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.67/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

02/12/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo.

Presentation- 22oz ceramic bottle with dating code at the bottom. Poured into a generic wine glass (was on vacation and didn't bring any glassware).

Appearance- Dark brown coloring, huge foamy dimpled head and outstanding lacing.

Smell- UGH, smells like a fermentation gone wrong. Highly alcohol with drunk prunes and raisins.

Taste- Very metallic, alcohol up the ass. Like brown ale mixed with JD and turpentine. BLECK!

Mouthfeel- Mouthfeel was adequate. Very warm and slighly burning going down. Highly carbonated also.

Drinkability- I HOPE I got a bad bottle here. I love the Noel and the Delirium is very good also. Hmmm, dare I retry this again sometime down the road?

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from the other Matt, served in a Delirium Tremens tulip, close enough.

Beer is brown and hazy with a thick head of small bubbles, some lacing, nice carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is yeasty and sweet. Very aromatic.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet up front with a lot of carbonation, the yeast comes through nicely, it is a decent beer. I remember the very first time I had this beer about 10 years ago. I ordered it in a bar and the bar tender told me I had to drink it with respect because it was the oldest family run brewery in the world. Not sure why the lack of diversification in that family demands respect, but apparently it does, the history aside, this is a fine beer. The archetype for the style for sure. I'm sure I'll have this again in the future.

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Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First sip...absolutely delicious! Dark reddish brown with one finger beige creamy head. Aroma is dried fruit , molasses, oak. Taste is more of the same and sweet. This is really, really nice.

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Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a very fluffy 2" head. Some mild lacing develops. Aroma is a simple, yet a pleasant combination of caramel and yeast. The flavor is of caramel, plums, raisins, pumpernickel bread, yeast and alcohol.

Medium / heavy in body. Mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start, and mostly smooth during the finish. The flavors ride the tongue long into the aftertaste.

Nicely drinkable - a perfect nightcap brew.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 24.9 oz bottle at Key Foods in Astoria. Pours a murky brown into my glass with a tall tan head.

Ah, it's weird like any good Belgian. More so than your average Belgian too, I get a slight peppermint note in the finish. Otherwise there's a very earthy yeast character up front with molasses and dates to follow. The body is very drinkable and this is a beer to try if you like dark Belgians. It almost reminds me of strange weizenbock. Anyways, good beer here.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red brown amber. Massive carbonation, overflowed the bottle on opening. Large light brown head that slowly dissipated leaving lacing. Aroma of dark and light fruit, Belgian spice and yeast, malt. Taste is dark fruit and malt, light brown sugar. Flavor somewhat attenuated on the finish. Overall pleasant and interesting, but the intensity of the flavor is somewhat lacking. Light to medium mouth feel. A pleasant Belgian ale.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice smooth dark caramel color, bright. Decent head on top, lacing was a bit thin.
Aroma of dark chocolate watered down by coffee or tea (seemingly). Some nice yeasts and soft fruit.
Sweet taste, a bit thick. Yeast gives way to the malt. Hops are dormant.
A nice beer. Bottle gives almost No information about the brew. A change in the label design would be appreciated. I didn't know what to expect.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Translucent dark brown colour with some visible carbonation and 2 fingers of thick, bubbly cream coloured head.

S - Bready malts with some sourness up front on the nose. Some dark fruit is present as well but it is overshadowed by the sour scent.

T - Dark fruit and sourness are present up front. As I continue to drink this, the sourness fades considerably but is still present in the background. The dark fruit flavour really comes out as I drink more with some raisins and figs and a nice light sweetness with hints of brown sugar is also present in the background.

M - Light bodt, quite a bit of carbonation.

D - An enjoyable beer but not one that I would run out to buy again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very dry malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It has a slight musty aroma along with some yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that boasts of many crystal malts; very complex. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and with some yeast fruitiness. It is a bit warm on the way down; very dry. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Belgian dark. It has good flavor and is extremely smooth; a good drinker.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red, nice carbonation, very nice head which really does not dissappear, ton's of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, plums, citrus, slight caramel.

T - The taste is sweet/tangy, and fruity. Nice dry finish.

M - Medium body. This is a very well carbonated feel to the palate.

D - Drinkable. This is my first Delirium brew, and it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's been four years since I had my first Delirum Tremens, but you know, I've never put my lips to a Nocturnum! I think a 750 ml bottle will be enough to indulge myself in, and what a psychedelic label. On to the beer:

2009 is engraved in the cork upon opening. The beer lands into a globe shaped glass dark brown. When better light shines on the glasss, ruby red hues appear. The head is nearly white, over two fingers thick in foam, with super sticky retention and lace. The nose provides sweet fruity flavors, with dark grapes, pear, jam, and a peppery wave.

Delirium Tremens is sweet like candy. Delirium Nocturnum, on the other hand, is sweet like a dark grape. Damn, it really does taste like grape, and that flavor absorbs into your tongue. Sugary but pleasant, dabs of grapple (grape flavored apple) appear, a hint of nectarine (probably from the yeast)....a gentle additon of peppery spice adds another layer to this delicious beer. The body is very airy, almost like a cloud, and the carbonation gently stimulate the palate. I see that the bottle lists an 8.5% ABV on it, but I can't find much of it; there's a warming effect it gives in the throat, but it doesn't get in the way of the taste. Can you believe it drinks like a beer with two-thirds the alcohol content?

I originally was going to open the bottle for New Years, but I got tired leading up to midnight. I'm very glad to enjoy it tonight, and it won't be the last time I go to the dark side of the pink elephant.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice, soda like crackling off white dissappears quickly, besides a ring around the edges. Floaties are apparant, which is due to the yeast and possibly hop. Brownish in color.

The smell is of booze soaked cherries, raisen, plum and fig.

Tart up front with a slight off taste. Just not a whole lot there in the flavor dept. Light char malt character around the edges. None of the luxurious fruit that was apparent in the nose.

Medium bodied with a chalky dry finish.
Overall, best fresh on tap. This one has not held up well over time. May have to re-write a new review when this year's batch comes in.

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Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A truly spectacular appereance, deep chestnut with reddish purple highlights. A massive head that left thorough lacing. Really attractive. Aroma yeasty, with deeper 'barnyard funk' notes. That, and the taste, ample with hints of dried fruits, darker caramely malts, and plenty of yeast. Somewhat average in both those categories. Fairly light bodied, carbonation well controlled. No hint of alcohol what so ever. A nice Belgian ale. Quite pleasing minus the fact that no taste seems to linger. I experience an unfortunate abrupt dry finish that really cuts the beer short of being anything more than good.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber-hued tan colored head that consists of fairly large bubbles. The beer itself is quite dark and sits an ever-so-lightly purple tinged, black color, but shows some nice, clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice concentrated fruit character up front with nice notes of figs and raisins being prominent. The aroma really is quite sweet and fruity, the sweetness is not that of sugar, but that of concentrated dried fruit. Some spicy notes of clove, something that is a bit like cinnamon (though not quite), and even a spicy cardamom type note round out the aroma; each of these is quite a subtle backdrop to the dominant fruit notes.

The taste is sweet up front, but not nearly as much as the aroma might suggest. The sweetness couples with a tartness, both of which help to amplify a concentrated fruitiness. Again, notes of figs and raisins are prominent, but these are joined by notes of prunes and even some tart plum. The beer finishes with a faint roasted note, that shows up more as a burnt acidity, a bit of a spicy note (reminiscent of tongue tingling ginger, and white pepper) and a touch of higher alcohol notes. This beer is quite drinkable, despite its sweetness, the beer is quite light as it slips down your throat. It does have enough sweetness to linger a bit on the palate. Certainly an enjoyable tipple, one which I have not had for some time.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark opaque brown with a ruby tinge. Very large tan head which is almost annoyingly persistent. Very nice.

Smell: malty, slightly grainy and a little fruity. There's also a little toastiness/nuttiness present.

Taste: pretty good. Starts off with some estery fruit flavor alongside the sweet malt which fades away a bit, leaving just a nice malt flavor. The sweetness is almost that of a molasses. There's also just a little bit of an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a well-integrated carbonation. It's creamy, though not as creamy as I like a strong Belgian to be.

Drinkability: quite good. While there is a little alcohol bite, it's not enough to really clue the drinker in to its 8.5% heft. This could almost be a session beer due to its smoothness.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml picked up a the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda, mine from my Kasteel tulip.

Nice 3/4" fluffy lite tan had that leaves behind good lacing... Hazy walnut brown... I may be the only one who doesn't like the faux ceramic bottles; no matter how hard you try, I always get big blobs of yeast in the glass.

Lightly spicy with dark dried fruit.. caramel lite cloves and lite raisins and dried sweet sour cherries.

Big carbonation on a lite/medium body... flavor is exactly like the aroma except with a little musky and metallic notes.. not Delirium's best beer for sure.

I don't know why, but I always want my BSDA's to have a touch more body and alot more flavor.

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Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark clear brown brew with a tan head.

Smell is rich dark almost over ripe fruit. Nice spice smells a clean sweetness comes through. A mild Banana bread smells comes through.

Taste is sweet tart and spicy. Fruit flavors come through with cinnamon and other spices and a nice bitterness. Similar to Banana Bread with Granny Smith Apples. Gets sweeter and fruitier as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Very good Drinkability, but this is the stuff you sip and don't chug!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown with a long lasting soft white head, some good lace.

S: Lots of dark fruit, estery, notes of fig, raisin and brown sugar.

T: Dark fruit resonates, a lot of residual sugar. Tasty molasses and raisin with a hint of ethanol, pretty good balance here.

M: Medium to full-bodied, very smooth, easy drinking.

D: A darn good beer, not as good as Noel for me, but a very solid BSDA. Something you'll not be unhappy picking up.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,792 ratings.
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